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Norges musikkhøgskole Norwegian Academy of Music Search


  • Course type: PhD training component.
  • Year of study: First year of study.
  • Final assessment: Internal or external examiner.
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the PhD programme.
  • Language of instruction: Scandinavian languages. Occasionally, instruction is given in English.

Course description

Course Organiser: PhD Committee.

This course provides an overview of essential research methodological and ethical issues relevant to the PhD programme areas.

Learning objectives

On completion of the course, the candidate is expected to

  • demonstrate her/his insight into, analyse and discuss central research methodological traditions, positions, terms, perspectives, and problems related to research in historical and contemporary performance practice, music education, and music therapy
  • demonstrate critical and autonomous skills of reflection about issues concerning research methods
  • be able to contribute to the development of research methodologies within her/his field
  • be able to assess and critically analyse research methods and results in her/his field, and on the bases of science challenge established knowledge and practices


Core subjects and themes include qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods and mixed methods. The content of the course should reflect the methodological traditions central to music education, music therapy and performance practice.

Normally, compulsory readings of approximately 700-800 pages will cover the course themes. As far as practicable, individual PhD applications or project proposals will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the course outline and literature selection.


Course instruction is comprised of lectures, various forms of presentations, discussions and assignment completions. Independent study of literature makes up a significant portion of the course work.

Candidates have registered automatically for instruction/supervision and assessment in the course in accordance with the study progress requirements set out in the individual education plan.

Course requirements

Course requirements not specified.

Final assessment

Fulfilment of course objectives is demonstrated through a written essay of 7000-8000 words (excluding references and supplements).

The candidate is assessed in relation to the course objectives. The final assessment will be given as a pass/fail mark, which will be determined by an internal or external examiner.

See special guidelines for the essay.

In the case of re-assessment, the same procedures as for an ordinary assessment will be followed.

Published: May 19, 2020 — Last updated: Jan 23, 2023